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Category Archives: Art & Education

The Troggs Tapes: “Put a Little Bit of F***ing Fairy Dust Over the Bastard!”

This famous recording — I just came across it for the first time this week — is wonderful.  I work in a very polite and collaborative workplace — sometimes mind-numbingly so.  Sometimes I wish we could just f***ing cut through the political correctness in the heat of sausage-making … Here’s the original link: http://www.openculture.com/2013/02/the_troggs_tapes_put_a_little_bit_of_fing_fairy_dust_over_the_bastard.html

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Crazy Good

I love being a dad.  I love it especially because I have two great daughters that are developing fantastic personalities and very individual senses of creativity, humor and art.  I never know what’s next … came into my office one morning to find some crazy-good art on fine display:

Martin Gardner (and interesting friends)

Wonderful Photograph Colorization

I have never been a fan of colorized movies; to me all that is achieved is to suck some of the character and artistry out of black and white originals. That said, I came across a Swedish colorization artist named Sanna Dullaway who is featured here and here that breathes new authentic life into some classic […]

Naked Science

A catchy name!  I wanted to record a notable link for a set of YouTube clips offering 2-3 minute vignettes of science and technology topics. They use the stop-action pen-on-paper technique to great effect. Bryn was doing a science experiment where she marked the surface level of a glass of water, froze it, noted the […]

Downton Abbey — So Choice.

It’s a bit after the fact, but for posterity just let me say that I have savored the two seasons of the series Downton Abbey which hails from England and was broadcast by PBS Masterpiece in the United States.  God — some “choice” television indeed.  Yes, I have laughed; I have cried; I have watched […]

CBC.ca | Tapestry | Lessons For Living

Caught just a few minutes of a good Tapestry this weekend — enough to know that I want to go back some time to listen to the whole episode and follow up on author/researcher Karl Pillemer. CBC.ca | Tapestry | Lessons For Living. I was touched by what Pillemer found in his research — that […]

Helvetica

Helvetica — the typeface — intruded on my consciousness in the last 48 hours.  Yesterday, whilst moving my wife’s applications and content to a new laptop, I was faced with some error messages from her web-design software complaining that the Helvetica font was not present on the new system.  From this I realized that Helvetica […]

Tranquilize the mind with a steady purpose…

Paging through Bartlett’s, hit upon a quotation from Mary Shelley that I like: Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose — a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.